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Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc.

Total Qualifying Score: 6
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $100,000 to $250,000 – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc.
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia 25339

County (ARC Region) Kanawha
State (ARC Region) West Virginia


Q1. Mission:

THE MISSION of Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley is to support the independent living of older adults in the communities we serve by lending a helping hand, neighbor to neighbor.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Our organization increases the health of its senior resident to succeed in Appalachia by providing a set of core services that empower them to age in place, overcoming obstacles like the lack of transportation so they can access the critical healthcare they need, and have reliable access to groceries on a regular basis. Our organization utilizes volunteers of all ages, including a growing number of young adult leaders, building both their capacity to serve and their skills in advancing community health and well-being.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/0 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/0 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $136,500/$134,870

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $116,863 / $100,708

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $136,500 / $134,870

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($7,800)
Received From: PPP via Truist   Date Received: 5/5/2020
For What Purpose(s): Payroll

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Some funding we rely on annually has been diverted to COVID-19 specific causes, although we have also been the beneficiary of COVID-19 response grants from new and traditional funders. We were forced to cancel our two signature fundraisers for 2020, which was a significant blow to our income/revenue. 

While we have made some adjustments to existing programs and adapted new ones in light of the pandemic, we have never stopped serving our seniors. Our doors never closed. We had, and still have, some of our base volunteers who are reluctant to provide direct assistance, which is absolutely understandable, but that has not impacted our overall ability to make sure our older neighbors have the help they need.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Volunteer recruitment, although this is a constant concern/challenge.
Funding in terms of long-term sustainability. We are in okay shape today; my worries center around how this will impact our financial story one year from now, or two years from now.
Development of a financial strategic plan. Our fund development process is largely a “seat of the pants” operation; not completely, but we definitely need to educate our organization in development planning.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

I am hopeful participation will give us insight and understanding on building a “realistic and actionable Development (i.e. fundraising) Plan capable of providing sustained and scalable support for your organization.”


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Mission & Operations

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 B: 5-Week Course (Mar. 1, 2021-April 4, 2021)


Name: Jennifer Waggener, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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